Robert Pattinson’s is Frank Sinatra, Zac Efron’s is James Bond, Johnny Depp’s is Carol Channing and P. Diddy also has his sights on playing James Bond - every aspiring actor has a dream role, the one part they’ve idolised since their leg-warmered stage school days.
It’s usually a great politician, like Churchill, cultural figure, like Warhol or icon like James Dean… Or if you’re Will Ferrell, a music mogul, from Brighton, famous for breaking hearts, smashing dreams and wearing his trousers just a fraction too high.
Yes, the Anchor Man star has revealed his dream role is the lead in a Simon Cowell biopic. And never was an actor more cut out for a part…
‘It wouldn't be that hard for me to play him,’ said Will, ‘Because I see a lot of Ron Burgundy in Simon. Like Simon, Ron was the biggest thing on TV and loved himself. They are like long-lost twin brothers separated at birth.’
A method actor, who immerses himself in his roles, Will’s even figured out the the best way to get into character.
‘I would walk along the street,’ he said, ‘And say, 'Hey, you're too fat to be a star,' or go to a concert and shout out to the artist, 'Never gonna happen.'’
Well ‘son of a bee-sting’ (come on, we’re allowed one Burgundy quote), we’d be first in line at the box office, if ever this film was made. We just hope Simon, who lets be honest could finance the film on his pocket shrapnel, heard Will’s final plea…
‘Come on, Simon. You know it would be fun,’ he said, ‘I could shadow you. We could spend time in your mansion in high trousers and black, round-neck tees just being rude to people, it would be great.’
We’d be first in line at the box office.
- Amy Molloy